Bachelor of Science In Homeland Security

Our country faces ongoing threats, including extremism, terrorism, and cyber attacks. By studying homeland security, you'll learn to protect the well-being of the nation and its citizens and develop the leadership qualities that are needed when disaster strikes.

Prepare to protect, serve, and respond to threats to our nation

Homeland security is a broad discipline within the field of national security. It is a combination of law enforcement, defense, immigration policy, and counter-terrorism policy — the primary areas that affect the security of the nation. With the University of New Haven’s B.S. in Homeland Security program, you will understand how to prevent and disrupt attacks on the American people and critical infrastructure and ensure seamless integration between multiple levels of government. By the time you graduate, you will have developed the skills necessary to protect the American people, the homeland, and American interests.

Where you will serve

With this degree, you will prepare for careers at the federal, state, or local level by:

  • Exploring complex issues of immigration and border security
  • Becoming knowledgeable about potential threats to the nation’s critical infrastructure
  • Studying transportation security and weapons of mass destruction
  • Learning to respond to threats of extremism and terrorism

Your specific job titles within the national security domain could include:

  • Secret Service Special Agent
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Counterterrorism Analyst
  • United States Coast Guard officer
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Agent
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Transportation Security Officer

Envision Your Future

The job titles and salaries below will give you an idea of the possible careers you could pursue with this degree:


FBI Special Agent

(after 5 years)


Intelligence Operations Specialist



TSA Federal Air Marshal


Selected Courses and Programs
  • This course introduces students to the principles of homeland security: protection of the homeland, response to and recovery from man-made and natural disasters, and roles and responsibilities of federal, state, and local agencies. The roles and responsibilities of agencies under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be examined in detail.

  • This course examines the 16 critical infrastructures in the U.S. Those sectors involving networks are identified and network vulnerabilities are discussed. As most of the critical infrastructure is privately owned, the roles and responsibilities of federal, state, local, and tribal governments in identifying vulnerabilities to critical infrastructure and protecting these critical infrastructures against man-made actions and natural disasters is discussed.

  • The protection of the homeland against the threat of transnational crime and terrorism requires security procedures for the movement of persons and goods across our borders. This course will examine the policies and actions by the U.S. and other countries in dealing with border security, immigration issues, and customs enforcement as well as the related agencies, systems, and technologies for border control and security.

  • This course examines U.S. transportation security in the aviation, maritime, rail, and trucking sectors and vulnerabilities in each mode of transportation. International transportation security issues are also examined. Event such as the 9/11 commercial aircraft hijackings, the 2004 Madrid train bombings, and the July 7, 2005 train and bus bombings in England are examined in depth. Tabletop exercises will give students an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of security and response in each sector.

  • This course provides the student with a comprehensive look at the roles, missions, and structure of the U.S. intelligence community. Students will develop an understanding of the components of the intelligence process used by the U.S. intelligence community: planning, direction, collection, processing, analysis and production, and dissemination of intelligence information.

  • The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security, check out the Academic Catalog:

    Homeland Security, B.S.

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  • Whether you're still in high school or are transferring from another college, we offer full- and part-time opportunities for undergraduates from inside the U.S. and abroad. The admission process can begin as early as the end of your high school junior year.

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